Welcome to the Fire Engineering Fire Dynamics topic center, the industry's most trusted resource for information on fire behavior, dynamic fire events, and the latest fire-related research. Recognizing these events is critical to successful firefighting operations and here firefighters will find what they need to know regarding best practices, personal protective equipment, and the latest science and technology to survive these forces on the fireground.

FDIC 2014 Preview: Modular Construction

March 24, 2014

Acushnet (MA) Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher will present "Tactics and Strategies for the Hidden Hazards of Modular Construction" at FDIC 2014.

Firefighters Escape Injury in Hempstead (NY) Collapse

March 24, 2014

Unique Fire Phenomenon: Fiery Tumbleweed Whirlwind

March 24, 2014

Firefighters from various agencies participating in a prescribed burn of 150 acres at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Denver, Colorado, witnessed a rare event in extreme fire behavior: a dust devil picking up hundreds of flaming tumbleweeds.

FDIC 2014 Preview: Critical Decision Making Under Fire

March 21, 2014

Keene (NH) Fire Department Lieutenant Billy Greenwood will be teaching "Critical Decision Making Under Fire: 2014 Interior Benchmarking" at this year's FDIC.

Firefighters Battle 4-Alarm Fire on Manhattan's Upper West Side

March 21, 2014

Almost 200 Fire Department of New York (FDNY) firefighters battled a fire that went to four alarms last night on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

FDIC 2014: Keep Up Your 'Reading Smoke' Skills

March 19, 2014

If you haven't been to many structure fires lately, your "reading smoke" skills may have diminished. Join Dave Dodson at this year's FDIC for a refresher in the form of a workshop and breakout session.

NIST, UL Release Online Video Lectures on Fire Behavior

March 14, 2014

UL FSRI Director Steve Kerber, NIST Fire Protection Engineer Dan Madrzykowski and Los Angeles County (CA) Fire Department Chief of Training Derek Alkonis team up to present a seven-part video lecture series on fire dynamics and firefighting entitled "NIST and UL Research on Fire Behavior & Fireground Tactics."

Firefighting Tactics: SLICERS and DICERS

March 7, 2014

Bobby Halton talks to Eddie Buchanan and Ray McCormack about SLICERS, DICERS, fire service acronyms, and incorporating new fire science findings into firefighting tactics.

Roundtable: Firefighting Tactics and Science

March 6, 2014

Has your fire department changed any tactics, evolutions, or procedures because of the findings of recent fire behavior studies? Share your comments with other firefighters from around the nation and world.

Attic Flashover: What's Behind the Hidden Blast?

March 5, 2014

In "Attacking from the Burned Side Can Save Lives" (Fire Engineering, November 2011), I briefly mentioned the line-of-duty deaths (LODDs) and near misses associated with fires that burned on the exterior and into the attic space, causing a flashover.